Secular traditions and curiosities are an integral part of Wimbledon. The world most famous fortnight is considered like a pilgrimage destination for tennis players, fans, media and insiders. Glamour, history and the amazing background of London are the perfect settings for a perfect tournament, which for over a hundred years continues to give emotions, with traditions that have ancient roots and which are always fun to discover.
Here are the most important ones. Strawberries, Cream and Pimm's. A cup of strawberries & cream, and what else? Legend says that in the early days of the tournament, to replace the broken and expensive plough to mow the grass, the organizers decided to offer the crowd cups of strawberries and cream for a fee.
Another legend says that, during the inaugural edition, one of the Telegraph correspondents noted in his notebook these words: "shortly before the start of the final, the refreshments pavilion had completely emptied ...for strawberries and cream!".
Strawberries & cream are probably the most famous tradition of the Championships. Of course, with a glass of Pimm's! The Queue. If you are an early riser, you have free time and you want to enter through the Championships gate without a ticket, then you better queue-up!
The queue has become a legend at Wimbledon, with fans which organizing night stands, to enter the following morning. The Middle Sunday. Traditionally players don't take the court in the Middle Sunday unless it always rains in the previous days.
All the matches of the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles of the fourth round are then played in the Manic Monday, at the beginning of the second week. Miss and Mrs Women players are always appealed with Miss or Mrs during the matches.
Men instead are called only with the surname, but sometimes they can be called with the appealed Mr. Dress code. Since the origins of the tournament's players must wear white outfits, however small hints of other colours are today possible.
There are no concerns for even the greatest champions. Do you remember Federer when did he have to change his shoes because they had a colored sole? The tournament's colours. The colours of Wimbledon are green, purple and white.
You can see them in the logo of the tournament, in the flowers that cover the All England Club and in the gadgets which are sold in the museum shop! Rufus, the Hawk. During the tournament, a falcon named Rufus flies over the lawns at nine o'clock in the morning for over an hour before the gates are opened, to ward off the pigeons, which could distract the players.